Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks on a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test-fit on the Hollywood racks over the top two bike carrier. And that part number is HRF2. This bike rack is specifically designed for vehicles that have these spoilers at the top of their hatch so that it can prevent any type of damage from occurring.As you can see the connection points for straps from the bike rack to the top of the hatch isn't adding on any extra weight or pull onto the spoilers, which is going to help protect it from any type of damage. Seeing our bike installed right here we're going to see it secured at three different points of contact.We have two straps on the top of our frame and we have this anti-sway strap securing it into this cradle. Once that's secured, that's going to prevent the bike from swaying too much while we're traveling and prevent the bike from making contact with the rear of our vehicle or with the other bike we could have installed.Let's go ahead and remove it. I'm going to just remove these straps like that.

We pull down and lift it up. Once you do that you can just grab your bike and lift it right off. When you're done you do want to be sure to replace the straps so they don't flop around while you're traveling around and you could potentially lose them.And now that we have them removed I want to make a quick measurement to give you an idea of the length that is going to be added on to the back of your vehicle. So from the bumper to the outermost part of our bike rack we are going to be adding on about 18 1/2 inches to the back of our vehicle. Now we can cut down on that by folding down these arms.How we're going to do that is, we're going to undo these clamps right here on both sides.

You're going to kind of put some pressure pushing the arms to the inside and we're going to fold it down until it's as low as you need it. Once you're done you can go ahead and redo the clamps. And now if we measure again we're going to see that from the bumper to the outermost part of our bike rack is about three inches now.So you want to keep this in mind for any close quarter situations that you might have such as parking or storage. Our bike rack is going to have six different points of contact on our vehicle. Up top we're going to have two rubber-coated hooks that are latching on to the top of our hatch.

The rubber coating is going to help protect your vehicle from any type of scratches or abrasions.Down low we're going to have four different points of contact of the six with these rubber-coated hooks. Two on the right side of the hatch and two on the left side right here. So the six points of contact are going to help make sure that your vehicle is secure and also I do want to note that because of all those different points of contact it is not recommended by the manufacturer to open your hatch while this is installed.It's also not recommended to use your windshield wiper or your rear windshield wiper as it will make contact with our frame up there. Speaking of the frame if we look closer we're going to see these nice foam pads right here between the steel frame and the windshield which is going to obviously help protect that from damage. And we have two more up here should that part of the frame make contact with our vehicle.And we have two more down below that's sitting right on our bumper.

And that's going to do it for the Hollywood racks over the top two bike carrier on our 2018 Subaru Outback. Speaker 2: Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom and this is going to show us the side-to-side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps which will see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement.Finally we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway.

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